I'm not sure why this book had the great reviews -Marketing promotion I guess. I listened to the entire book- but found every character to be depressing. And the fact that I agreed with some of the characters thoughts - had me depressed with myself. The narrator was excellent, great variation between characters, clear and easy to understand.
Granted this is a child's book - but I found it thoroughly engaging to listen to as I drove to/from work.
I love Humphrey Bower as a narrator and as usual he made this story come alive. While it made me cry - I was facinated by the story.
I agree with some of the comments from previous reviewers that occassionally the Italian voices were difficult to hear or understand. But they were in character and it wasn't difficult to figure out what they were saying. The story was well written and kept me engaged throughout the story.
The action was excellent, but obviously the Cusslers are proponents of Global Warming and too much time was taken up with their professorial instruction about GW. The book could have come to a satisfying end several times- but instead dragged on considerably to "preach" and then ended with the girl & the guy going off into the sunset. Ho hum.
After listening for hours to all the detail of the story, which I enjoyed- I found the ending abrupt and unfulfilling.
Excellent and well worth the wait - but please tell me there'll be more to follow! I want to know what happens after this stage of life for our little Foundling. I would rank this series of stories right up there with Harry Potter - totally engrossing and completely unique.
I couldn't stop listening to the story and even found myself dreaming about it.
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